When I was 11 years old, I won two blue ribbons at the State Fair in Puyallup, Washington, which I’d entered for 4-H projects. One blue ribbon was for perfect corn meal muffins and the other for an orange and coconut bread. Those two entries gave me the title of Prize-Winning Baker and today, after … More Orange and Toasted Coconut Bread
I like to experiment with flavors in my cookie lines and this is the newest in the Chew line. I used a mix of all-purpose and almond flours and did not over-emphasize the taste with too much extract. They are delicately flavored and my Chinese Mahjongg players approved this addition to the almond-flavored cookies* I … More Happy Autumn with New Almond Chew
I read about Hummingbird Cake somewhere, sometime and decided to make it to share for my birthday this year instead of my usual Banana Nut Cake* (as a sheet cake) and ** full nuts 2017 and *** Banana Cake with Creamy Nut Frosting No Nuts. Banana nut is my favorite cake, and Hummingbird Cake is … More Hummingbird Cake Cupcakes
Readers may have noted a penchant for browned butter in several of my cookies and won’t be surprised that my ears perked up a few days ago when watching America’s Test Kitchen and heard “browned butter” in a recipe for blondies. While the addition of toasted pecans and milk chocolate chips was unsurprising, adding two … More Browned Butter Blondies with Toasted Pecans and Milk Chocolate Chips
I had an urgent visit to the Harborview Senior Care Clinic a couple of days ago. I was very lucky to be seen next morning rather than making a trip to the emergency room (which I do not like) giving me time to make a quick batch of a favorite cookie. I presented them to … More Gratitude Walnut and Cranberry Chews
Sometimes the title says a lot. Two girls were making different cookies at the same time with me via Skype, getting ready for camping take-alongs. The oldest made the chocolate no-bakes which require bringing ingredients to a boil and undivided attention and a bit of fatherly supervision at the critical time. The youngest made her … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Blonde Brownies & No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Drops
I’m not preparing rhubarb desserts anymore (I can’t have them) but since it’s growing all over the Pacific Northwest right now, I thought it might be useful to some new readers if I listed those I’ve made here with the recipes. Right off the bat, I recommend the rhubarb ice cream, the making of which … More Got rhubarb? Recipes, ideas in this blog.
Yep, this is the second cookie idea which I decided to manifest this week. Years and years ago I found a recipe in a magazine for pecan bars and made them for Christmas goody tins a couple times. They were tasty, but made in a jelly-roll pan. Perhaps readers are acquainted with the fact that … More New! Pecan Pie Cookies
Some may ask what health benefits could be in a chocolate chip cookie? The obvious health benefit is that most (all in my kitchen!) are made with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Dark chocolate has been scientifically proven (I believe in science!) to contain powerful antioxidants and may reduce some common health risks. Do a web search … More In the virtual kitchen with juliyya: Chocolate Chip Chews with health benefits
Stressed out? Try a nice brisk walk in the morning light and then bake the rest of the day. I’m calling it early St. Patrick’s Day gift pack for Mother and a couple other cookie testers. I was already on an “orange kick” a couple days ago when the decision was made after a phone … More New! Orange Pistachio Butter Cookies! Orange Minis! Mint Candy Brownies!